IQ: Tuck in, take out 

We all have our favorite vittles, classy drinks and good old comfort food. But the question is, what happens when our dining experiences go pear-shaped? Do we grin and bear it, send back the plate, or laugh and take another bite?


Anna Johnson

Evanston, Ill.

Tell me about the food you ate growing up. We had lots of pasta, lots of meat, turkey burgers. One prominent thing was Sloppy Joe casserole, because my eldest brother was super picky about food and he wouldn't eat some things.

What exactly is a Sloppy Joe casserole? It's macaroni noodles, ground beef, all mixed together in a casserole dish with cheese on top. It's soft. Very Midwest.

Have you ever found anything weird in your food? Hair. ... Oh, one time I was eating pancakes and there was a piece of glass in it. That was bad. At home we kept the pancake mix on the bottom shelf and something had broken and gotten in there by accident. And it was just a tiny little shard but it really threw me off.

What type of food do you wish the Springs had? Burmese food. Rice, a lot of good sauces, eggplant, squash dishes. They use their spices very well.


Dolores Myers
Part-time food vendor


What kind of food did you grow up with? All kinds. There were six of us kids, so we grew up with anything and everything.

American food, Mexican food, too. Spaghetti.

What is your favorite food? Burritos. With lettuce and tomato, beans and rice.

Have you ever ordered anything weird or gross? I haven't, but my husband does, he orders those, what is it, oysters. Not my kind of food.

Have you ever found anything odd in your food? Yeah, bones. In chicken. Fortunately never found hairs. Eww, gross.


Jesse Morin Jr.
CW2 Retired

Corpus Christi, Texas

What kind of food did you grow up with? Mexican, Spanish. We were six of us [siblings]. Everybody was served at the same time. Normal breakfast, everybody would sit at the same time. Dinner, same thing. My mother would prepare it, the whole thing. It's not first come, first serve. I do the same thing with my sons.

What was the food like when you were in the military? It was an introduction to a variety of food I had never known before. In the morning, breakfast was like a creamed beef, in a white sauce with either bacon or ham, or beef, or toast and eggs, with cereal. I was never introduced to that stuff when I was growing up.

Have you ever found something in your food that wasn't supposed to be there?

Hair, I sent it back. It's gross. They gave me another one, it was better.

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